After nearly twenty years of reviewing for various outlets, I have to admit to still being equally amazed and often jaded by the music that crosses my radar, and Kirkpatric Thomas hallucinatory hi-jinks may very well be the oddest duck yet. And while I certainly have to say I admire his sense of humor, pogo-stick genre hopping and Twin Peaksian mash-ups, I can't say with any certainty whether or not any of it will translate into sales or wide audience appeal (though the band are the darlings of IFC).
But maybe that's not the point and it's just that jaded amazement thing I mentioned earlier rearing its pointed little head, because there's a whole lot of sinister fun afoot on Classic Soundtracks. Based on the trippy twang and B-movie ambience, it's easy to imagine a toddler Thomas sitting for weeks in front of Sergio Leone's filmography and weaning himself on Ennio Morricone's delightfully cinematic reverberations. Thus we have riotous concoctions like Space Vixens Theme (hell, never mind space, I just like the vixens idea), Theme From Confusion Range, Shadytown (Theme from Hollywood Playgirls) and Legend of The Widower Colby Wallace. If you can name a musical style or even make one up, Spindrift is way ahead of you, mooshing lyric, rockabilly, Farfisa, loops, Goth, groove, and Sasah Vallely-Certik's spacey yowl into those late night—early morning soundtracks that accompany all our dreams.
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